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In this problem-based learning module, students will work together collaboratively to establish questions and develop these questions into claims after being presented with the problem “How are today’s living standards contributing to the drug resistance disease crisis and what needs to be done to begin to reverse the effects of the contributing factors?”  The students will then work collaboratively to continue researching and will use the research to create a collaborative electronic public service announcement to go along with an individually written letter which will be sent to either a state representative, the FDA, lead community personnel, etc. Both products, the PSA and the letter will include their well defined claim, supported with evidence and backed up with reasoning.Prior to beginning module, please note: Module can be completed in isolation, or can be completed in conjunction with modules "Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Policy" (science) and/or Advancing Change through Public Awareness (social studies) as part of a full interdisciplinary unit between 8th grade social studies, language arts and science.  This would allow for students to have a wider array of questions to guide their claims and the students could build the PSA in social studies and write the letter in Language Arts.
English Language Arts
Middle School
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Camry Kreymer
on Feb 11, 11:56am Evaluation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.4: Superior (3)

Writing to specific audiences is especially strong and a recurring theme in this lesson plan.

Camry Kreymer
on Feb 11, 11:56am Evaluation

MCCRS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1e: Strong (2)

The focus of this lesson plan seems to be more on the claim and research, rather than a conclusion.

Camry Kreymer
on Feb 11, 11:56am Evaluation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1d: Limited (1)

There is a standard mentioned in the lesson plan that includes a format for citations, but I didn’t see this explicitly mentioned in the associated student activity.

Camry Kreymer
on Feb 11, 11:56am Evaluation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1b: Superior (3)

This standard has superior alignment, especially demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. The students are introduced to the topic they will be writing about, and have a chance to brush up and learn on it before beginning their researach and arguments. This will help students know what to research.

Camry Kreymer
on Feb 11, 11:56am Evaluation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.6: Superior (3)

I love the amount of collaboration incorporated into all of the activities.

Camry Kreymer
on Feb 11, 11:56am Evaluation

Opportunities for Deeper Learning: Superior (3)

Yes, yes, yes! This lesson plan provides several subjects that this can be aligned with, even simultaneously.



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